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Turner & Porter Funeral Directors
2357 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON
GALINA KOMAROW (nee MARTEMIANOFF) Galina, 94, passed away quietly at home on March 11, 2013 after an extraordinary and well-lived life. She was born October 16, 1918 in St. Petersburg, Russia, and grew up in Paris with her late parents Colonel Konstantin and Ziniada Martemianoff. Galina was married to Michael Barisheff, a captain in the Russian Liberation Army; he died in 1946. She lived in Germany and Austria during World War II before immigrating to Canada and settling in Toronto, where she ran her own business and supported her family at a time when it was unusual for women to do so. Galina was a close friend of Russia's Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna, who died in 1960 at Galina's home on Gerrard Street. She will be sadly missed by her beloved son Nick Barisheff, his wife Lorna, and cherished grandchildren Christine and Craig. Galina will be fondly remembered by all who knew her for her indomitable spirit, her appreciation of a frozen vodka shot, and the way she always spoke her mind. The family would like to thank Ultracare Homecare, and especially Luz Sioco (Lotte), for her care and compassion during Grandma's last year of life. Family and friends will be received on Thursday, March 14, 2013 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Turner & Porter's Yorke Chapel, (2357 Bloor Street West, Toronto). Funeral service to be held on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 12:30 p.m. at Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral, (823 Manning Avenue, Toronto). Interment to follow at York Cemetery. Reception to follow at 50 Quebec Avenue. Online condolences may be made at

Published by Toronto Star from Mar. 13 to Mar. 14, 2013.
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